This article shares the story of Natalie Gumpertz, a German single mother who raised her three daughters in the Lower East Side in the 1870s. Students explore the community of the Little Germany neighborhood, and learn how Natalie supported her family during an economic crisis with the help of her community. Primary sources include a census record and a charity recipient list, and the teacher guide includes student-facing questions and writing activities.
- German Immigration
- Garment Work
- 1870 Census – Find the Gumpertz family and many other immigrants from Germany on this 1870 Census. (See below)
- United Hebrew Charity Ledger – Investigate how an immigrant family in the 1870’s got help in a time of need. (See below)
- 1880 Census – See how an immigrant from Germany, Natalie Gumpertz, is supporting her family in 1880. (See below)
Find the Gumpertz family and many other immigrants from Germany on this 1870 Census.
United Hebrew Charity Ledger
Investigate how an immigrant family in the 1870’s got help in a time of need.
See how an immigrant from Germany, Natalie Gumpertz, is supporting her family in 1880.
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